Have a Firm HandshakeA weak grip conveys a lack of backbone. A firm (but not bone-crunching) greeting projects confidence.
You're auditioning for your next job every day. What you wear, how you interact with colleagues and clients and the substance and style of your electronic communications dictate how you're perceived by others, from your employees to those with the potential to boost your career. The book "I Got My Dream Job and So Can You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Career after College" (Amacom/available in March) is geared toward younger workers, but any professional, regardless of experience, can benefit from its insights. Author Pete Leibman offers tips that are relevant whether your "dream job" is in-house or outside your company. References, he argues, can make or break your chances at landing your ideal gig. It's the little things, he says, like how you carry yourself and how you greet others, that will secure they have a good impression of you, and that they sing your praises when contacted for a reference. Leibman is a speaker, and founder of Dream Job Academy. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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